Tata Motors’ 6 interesting concept cars at the Auto Expo

Snapshot: Tata Motors showcased not one, not two, but six interesting concept cars at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo, in the process trumping most if not all automakers for the sheer variety of cars on showcase. CarToq gives you a quick wrap up of what Tata Motors showcased in terms of concept cars.

Tata Nexon Crossover

The Tata Nexon crossover concept is a distinct launch possibility in future considering Tata Motors’ absence in the compact SUV/crossover segment of the Indian car market. The Nexon crossover is based on the X1 platform, the same one that supports the likes of the Indica and the Indigo range of cars. Both petrol and turbo diesel engine options, along with manual and semi-automatic gearboxes, are likely to make it into the Nexon crossover.

Tata Safari Storme Ladakh Edition

The Safari Storme Ladakh Edition is a body kitted version of Tata Motors’ latest SUV. The Safari Storme retains the 2.2 liter DICOR (140 Bhp-320 Nm) turbo diesel engine and the 5 speed manual gearbox. A shift-on-the-fly 4X4 transfer case with a low ratio comes standard on the top end models. Here’s a list detailing what’s new in the Ladakh Edition of the Safari Storme:

  • ‘Ladakh’ logo decal
  • Front, flank, rear and roof cladding
  • LED fog lamps
  • Bull guard
  • Snorkel
  • Roof mounted storage area
  • Multi-terrain tyres
  • Interiors with Anodised Blue accents
  • Satin White, Textured Rock Grey and Soft Anodized Blue colours on the outside

Tata ConnectNext Concept

Tata has teamed up with consumer electronics major Samsung to come up with a next-generation infotainment system that will find its way into Tata cars of the future. The ConnectNext concept, put together in association with Samsung, is a showcase of where Tata Motors’ infotainment systems are headed. Here’s an overview of what the Tata ConnectNext concept packs in:

  • iPod classic inspired click wheel driver /co driver centre arm control
  • Heads-up display augmented navigation with driver warning and guidance display
  • Transparent inner rear view screen for video streaming and inner rear view screen that converts into an augmented parking screen for reversing
  • Back seat integrated screens and wireless headphones
  • Cloud connnectivity
The ConnectNext concept is an electric car that measures under 4 meters in length and that comes with a flexible seating layout to maximize room for four adults. Production plans aren’t on the anvil anytime soon.

Tata Nano Twist Active

The Nano Twist Active concept brings together a 4 speed semi-automatic gearbox, known as the F-TRONIC in Tata speak, an open-able hatch lid and a 24 liter range maximizing fuel tank. The Nano Twist Active previews a future variant of the small car, one that will take comfort, convenience and practicality to a higher echelon. The engine is a 623 cc petrol unit with a twin cylinder layout outputting 36 Bhp and 51 Nm.

Tata Sumo Extreme

If every Tata Sumo can look as butch and good as the Sumo Extreme concept, Tata Motors could see a glut of order for this capable people mover. Built as a multi utility vehicle with people carrying being its prime motive, the Sumo Extreme concept gives an insight of how a MUV can be transformed into an SUV with a dose of good design to boot. The Sumo is available with a 3 liter CR4 turbo diesel engine that outputs 84 Bhp-250 Nm, which is mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox. The army-spec Sumo gets a 4 wheel drive system with low ratio. Here’s what the Sumo Extreme brings to the table in terms of changes:

  • Dual colour exteriors
  • Bonnet scoop
  • Revised radiator grille, front sump guard and re-profiled bumper
  • Front and rear wheel arch cladding, and alloy wheels
  • Roof mounted Dual AC, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, and one-touch power windows
Tata Add Venture
The Tata Venture passenger van is a market dud. Tata Motors is now trying to figure out a way in which the younger generation can be coaxed into considering the Venture. The result is the Tata Add Venture concept, a passenger van that comes with funky decals and an array of infotainment options. The engine and transmission remain the 1.4 liter CR4 turbo diesel motor (70 Bhp-140 Nm) and a 5 speed manual gearbox.
The Add Venture gets the following new features:
  • Grey paint job with green accents
  • Café lounge interior design with flexible seating
  • Integrated hot drinks machine
  • Roof mounted dual AC and butterfly windows
  • CD / MP3 music system
  • Front center stack for iPads